Book Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King, art by Po Se

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Pages: 308 pages

Published: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Udon Entertainment

Genre: Graphic Novels, Mangas, Classics

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Impulsive Marianne Dashwood and cautious Elinor are as different as two sisters could be, yet both are shattered by their father’s sudden Death. Elinor’s attachment to the reserved Edward Ferrars is torn asunder by family opposition and his own dark secret, while Marianne’s brilliant romance with the dashing John Willoughby comes to a tumultuous end in a devastating public betrayal. Can the two sisters overcome these trials to find true, lasting happiness?

Jane Austen’s beloved first novel, filled with romance, redemption and social critique, is brought to life for a modern audience in this gorgeous manga-style adaptation! Continue reading “Book Review: Manga Classics: Sense and Sensibility by Stacy King, art by Po Se”

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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Format:  Hardcover

Pages: 699 pages

Published: 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

I don’t know if I was so enamored with the series and failed to see the first two books’ flaws and faults but I feel that this was the weakest book of the entire series. I had a very difficult time to get through this one. Unlike the previous two, I neglected to feel that urge to continuously read and “never put it down”. I had to encourage myself (and combined with the fact that I didn’t want to carry around this heavy book anymore) to try to finish this book and I don’t think I should force myself to like a book.

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Three Book Reviews For The Price of One

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams

Look out Nancy Drew! Make way for Goldie Vance! If you were a fan of the amateur sleuth like I was when I was a kid, then this series is definitely for you. Goldie Vance’s tenacity and her empowering quest for the truth is a all-round inspiring and a fun adventure to go on. The artwork is amazing! It is very vibrant and retro, a great way to appeal to the younger generation. Another great comic book series that I will definitely be continuing!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

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Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

7439970Format:  Paperback

Pages: 370 pages

Published: 1985

Publisher: Vintage Classics

Genre: Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Science Fiction

 

 

Synopsis:

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.

I am still in awe of what I have just finished. That is how emotionally impacted I was. The Handmaid’s Tale is the first book I ever read by Atwood. It was always on my TBR list and with the recent hype surrounding it, I decided to pick it up and start reading it. Never has there been a novel that was a politically correct story and provided an emotional impact, at the same time. You read this and you will grapple with the many issues that the novel sprouts out. The Handmaid’s Tale opens doors to what most people are afraid to look inside.  Continue reading “Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood”

Must Read Books That Represent Mental Illness

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There needs to be an open discussion about mental health. And what better way to stand up to the stigma than to read fiction books that portray the topic perfectly. Readers appreciate to have characters that we can connect with and see as real people. So for Mental Awareness Month, here is a list of books that portray mental illness more realistically:

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Everything Everything – Nicola Yoon

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

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Book Review: The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

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Pages: 299 pages

Published: July 1942

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Mystery, Fiction

 

 

Synopsis:

“The placid village of Lymstock seems the perfect place for Jerry Burton to recuperate from his accident under the care of his sister, Joanna. But soon a series of vicious poison-pen letters destroys the village’s quiet charm, eventually causing one recipient to commit suicide. The vicar, the doctor, the servants—all are on the verge of accusing one another when help arrives from an unexpected quarter. The vicar’s houseguest happens to be none other than Jane Marple.”

Agatha Christie always continues to surprise me. Her changing writing style is an interesting take on the mystery novel writing. It means there is never a dull moment in Christie’s books and you never know what to expect in her stories! This book is no different. You’re in for a ride for this book of the series.

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Poem of the Week: Peace of It All

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And we end National Poetry Month with a poem I written recently. Hope you enjoy and thanks for reading the Poems of the Week!

Through the countryside
The rolling hills
The brisk wind
The dewy smell
English nature beckons a call

Books pile high
Cup of tea by my side
I lay down on the dark, green grass
Words dance on the page
Dance through the clear, blue sky
My peaceful reading calms the land

The wind picks up
The grass dances along the plains
Nature breathtaking
So I pick up my pen
My writing flows off the page

Book Review: Selected Poems by Robert Burns

765353 (1)Format:  Paperback

Pages: 368 pages

Published: December 2, 1993

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Genre: Poetry, Classics

 

 

Synopsis:

Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

I took an online course on Robert Burns and my interest was peaked. I knew of his works but didn’t really know his life. But by getting a deeper understanding of his personal life (Burns had many love affairs that resulted in 10 children), it gave me a better appreciation and insight into his works. Burns, like Romeo, was in love with love. By the way you can tell with his poetry, he was a romantic at heart. His poems invoke the passion and the heartfulness that you find in romantic poems.

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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Format:  Hardcover

Pages: 464 pages

Published: February 28, 2017

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Powerful, riveting, provoking…there are so many words to describe this great YA book. As a teen librarian, I have to read a lot of YA books and there not many that leaves with a resonated a feeling of empowerment and emotional feeling. This book was one of the realist books I have ever read in the longest time. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this book takes a deep look at the shooting of an unarmed black teenager  by a police officer. It approaches an issue that has deeply affected everyone in this country. And this book does a beautiful job addressing issues that concern young teens of this generation. They will feel a personal connection to both the story it tells and the characters who are of that story.

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